The comedy acts aren't funny (as many others have noted), but I found this film to be oddly relaxing. I could think of worse ways to spend my time. The costumes and delightfully cheesy sets also added to my enjoyment. The upload is of fairly good quality.
June 27, 2014 Subject:
fantastic review of classic burlesque
Don't listen to "Apeism is Stupid". Her review is obviously biased (based on her other reviews that are all mired in ignorant biblical bs) and she had no business posting a comment about this film.
Bettie Page, Tempest Storm and others are beautiful in this classic review of burlesque performance from days past. Definitely worth watching if you're a fan of the greats.
Don't worry A-I-Stupid, your stupid kids can find much worse twerking videos etc. on YouTube. I doubt your home-schooled kids are really perusing Archive.Org looking for nude women anyway. Stupid is Stupid I guess.
Garbage... there are still kids who can see this garbage on Archive.
Reviewer:Jonnie King -
February 4, 2013 Subject:
The Marvelous Bettie Page !
Forget Tempest Storm...I've always loved Bettie, and she shows you why all-over again in this film: Bettie Page purely steals the show !
As stated by Dark Moon, the best part of the show is Bettie, helping Tempest get dressed.
Bettie's "Maid Costume" is the sexiest one she wears in this film. And her actions, re-actions, and mimicking of Tempest's strut at the end of that sequence is priceless ! She's at her ultimate best in that whole "natural" scene as a dresser...and SO cool as the "Card Carrier" between acts ! You can't take your eyes off her !!
Bettie Page was a consumate Pro in everything she did: comedy, cheescake, bondage, pin-up, full-dress...she always had that "girl-next-door-with-an-edge" quality, and you knew she was a "Sensual Godess" having fun with a glint-and-a-wink-in-her-eye teasing us mere-mortals.
Again, many forget, comedian Joe E. Ross had a long showbiz career, and starred with Fred Gwynne in "Car 54, Where Are You" & also was in the "Phil Silvers Show". (Ross actually died on my Birthday: August 13, 1982...he was 62.)
Five stars for Bettie...2 for the rest.
May 18, 2011 Subject:
This film was considered "lost" for many years,it was found in the '80's in a closed up theater that showed "art" films. So glad to see it here. Something Weird Video released it on VHS and DVD. Five stars for Bettie!
Reviewer:Dark Moon -
April 24, 2011 Subject:
It's plain to see...
...why Bettie became a legend in fetish pin-up modeling and burlesque films. According to the Wikipedia article on her, she was an aspiring actress before she got involved in glamour photography, the latter which soon lead to her working in the fetish field with Irving Klaw. By the time she performed in Teaserama, she had already taken acting classes, and had appeared on stage (off-Broadeway) and television.
It is likely that, through these experiences, she learned what separates performers from posers-- how to connect with her audience. Her ability to do that stands out in this film in stark contrast to a line-up of acts composed almost entirely of two-dimensional cardboard cut-outs (Twinnie Wallen, who enhances her performance with a bit of tumbling and contortion, is a notable exception). While Bettie shows some personality and playfully invites the audience in with her to join her in the fun, most of the others have nothing more to offer than a disgusting "butter wouldn't melt in my mouth" sort of conceit that says to the audience, "Your sole purpose for existence in this life is to stroke my ego and make me feel good." Tempest Storm is definitely the star of that performance; if she were working today, she might prefer to call herself "Hurricane Katrina." Bettie doesn't steal the show, the other "performers" hand it to her on a silver platter...or, should I say, a satin pillow? 5 stars for Bettie; 2.5-3 for all the rest.
The most interesting part of the film for me was in Tempest's first act, where Bettie helps her to get dressed. This task obviously distracts Bettie from her focus on playing for the camera. Through her expressions and body language, Bettie's personality comes through to me clearly and in a most delightfully unaffected way. I'm so glad to have found this film, so that I may now have an impression of her as a human being, and not just as an early fetish icon, known for her mastery of 6-inch heels.
One last note of interest: for some reason, her name on the title cards in this film is spelled "Betty"...
December 30, 2010 Subject:
U..I Have Bettie Pages Autograph on an 8x10..I converted MPEG4 to Mpeg2..All is well..Whats with that feces guy..He still in diapers playing with doo-doo..?.And Klaw USED WOMEN for profit..!
Thanks for posting this. A true service to film buffs and Bettie fans alike.
To prove Bettie and Irving Klaw are still relevant, check out "Beyonce Got It From Bettie Page" on YouTube which shows how she recreated scenes from Bettie's burlesque and fetish films in her "Why Don't You Love Me?" video. A real jaw-dropper to see the side-by-side comparison. And a nice retro homage to a great lady.
May 1, 2010 Subject:
Bob, the doowop monkey
Please ignore; you know how it enjoys throwing its feces at humans (who know that any computer can play mpeg4 files).
April 16, 2010 Subject:
Oh You Kid!
Fabulous burlesque movie. Bettie Page in action is simply wonderful.
April 7, 2010 Subject:
Bettie not Betty
I am a huge Bettie Page fan and this film is a treat for all Bettie Page fans,she serves as a title girl for each stripper and then even herself as a dancer,Bettie was not a stripper but she does dance,and upstages all the others even headliner Tempest storm.its the late beautiful sexy Bettie Page,awesome movie.
April 5, 2010 Subject: